Troops shouldn't have to wait until they're 21 to drink

R Street's Jarrett Dieterle and Arthur Rizer took to the pages of Military Times to argue that American soldiers serving our country should be allowed to drink under the age of 21.

An excerpt:

Today's 18-year-old service members can do almost anything under the sun — get married, vote, buy a house, go to adult prison, smoke a cigarette — but they can’t have a cold one after “shield[ing] wounded [soldiers] from falling brass and enemy fire,” as Sgt. Brown’s Silver Star citation reads. It’s well past time to once again allow troops under age 21 to enjoy a brew. 

“If you’re willing to die for your country, you should be able to drink a beer” is a good sound bite, but it’s also good policy. We give those who enlist (as young as age 17) weapons and teach them how to kill people — the ultimate power and responsibility — yet simultaneously agonize over them so much as touching alcohol. This makes no sense. 

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